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Metodología de calculadora de huella hídrica

January 9, 2020

Nuestra Calculadora de la huella hídrica proporciona una instantánea de cómo las actividades y rutinas diarias de una persona afectan su uso del agua. La metodología proporciona todos los datos, fuentes y cálculos detrás de las preguntas y los valores promedio. Metodología de la calculadora de huella hídrica(próximamente) Los cálculos utilizados en la Calculadora de […]

What is Virtual Water?

December 20, 2019

Virtual water is the water “hidden” in the products, services and processes people buy and use every day. Virtual water often goes unseen by the end-user of a product or service, but that water has been consumed throughout the value chain, which makes creation of that product or service possible. What Does Virtual Water Mean? […]

What is the Water Footprint of…?

December 20, 2019

Find the water footprint of some common food products and consumer goods. We put together a food from a day in the typical American diet and gathered a list of some common consumer products and listed their water footprints. Download a [PDF] of this list. Table 1. Food Products Steak (beef) 6 ounces 674 gallons […]

Water Footprint Glossary

December 20, 2019

Confused about the difference between “water footprint” and “virtual water?” Wondering what makes up a water footprint? Read on to learn how water is connected to food, energy and household goods. Download a [PDF] version of this glossary. Water Footprint: Water footprints help individuals, businesses and countries because they reveal water use patterns, from the […]

Who is Working on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus

November 6, 2019

There are many key organizations studying how food, water and energy systems influence and are influenced by one another. The research is important because as resources become more scarce and climate change alters where and how precipitation falls, the US cannot afford to view these systems in isolation. The country will need to develop more […]

The Water Footprint of Beef: Industrial vs. Pasture-Raised

November 29, 2018

Beef has a large water footprint and the system in which cattle are produced can make a substantial difference in the size of the footprint. While pasture-raised beef can be more sustainable, many assume that its water footprint is always smaller than that of industrially produced beef. This is not necessarily the case, although it can […]

Why All Farms Don’t Use Drip Irrigation

November 21, 2018

For various reasons, many farmers cannot rely entirely on rainfall and must turn to irrigation to water their crops. While drip irrigation might seem like the logical choice because of its efficiency, the reasons why farmers use one system over another are varied and sometimes complex. The type of system can impact crop yields as […]

How to Dress Greener: 5 Reasons to Shop at Thrift Stores

November 21, 2018

Many people love to shop and clothing is a favorite target of bargain hunters everywhere. But changing trends, new manufacturing technologies and low prices have led to “fast fashion” and prompted many people to over-consume and that’s had major impacts on the country’s water and energy usage. The Average American Throws Away 70 Pounds of […]

Data Centers, Digital and Water Use

November 9, 2018

When people use the internet, they rely on a data center to store, manage and disseminate information. To keep these centers running efficiently, a tremendous amount of energy and water are required, providing yet another example of the important nexus between water and energy resources. Digital cryptocurrencies cause similar concerns. How Do Data Centers Use […]